If you were thinking of going green, your bathroom is one of the best places to start. Even though it is probably the smallest room in your home, it still consumes a lot of resources. Luckily, you can lower your impact on the environment by reducing the usage of water and energy, choosing more eco-friendly materials, and using more natural cleaning products. So, if you interested in making your bathroom more green, here are five things you should keep in mind.
There are many ways in which you can reduce your water consumption. For example, you can change your habits – instead of taking long baths, take shorter showers. Also, don’t leave the water running when brushing your teeth or shaving; you can install a motion sensor faucet if you just can’t be bothered to pay attention to it. When it comes to more mechanical solutions, consider installing low-flow showerheads and dual-flush toilets. If you have a beautiful flower garden that you enjoy watering, you can even get a grey-water diverter so you can use the water from the shower or bath to water your plants, wash your car, or even flush your toilet. Just make sure to do your homework first, since some of these systems can be quite complex.
Choose the right fixtures
Your bathroom fixtures play an important role in making the room more green. Besides the already mentioned low-flow showerheads and dual-flush toilets, you can install low-flow faucets, or faucet aerators that prevent splashing, provide you with a mixture of air and water, and use much less water in general. You can also introduce a stylish freestanding bath that is easy to maintain, and a couple of cabinets that are free of harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Another thing you can do is replace your regular water heater with a tankless one, since they use up to 20% less energy for heating the water.
Think about cleaning
In regard to cleaning your bathroom, consider the cleaning products you use. Get rid of all the harmful chemicals and pay attention to the labels when buying the products – there are many environmentally conscious brands, and you can even make your own cleaning solutions by using natural ingredients you can find in your kitchen. Also, when choosing the materials for the floor and walls, opt for those that are low maintenance and easy to clean, such as tiles and natural linoleum. If you do decide on using tiles, you can go the extra mile and search for tiles made of recycled materials, which come in many shapes and colors so you should have no problem finding the ones that fit your desired style.
Consider the lighting and ventilation
When it comes to the lighting, try to introduce as much natural light as you can since it’s much easier on the eyes and it saves you energy. Furthermore, consider using LED lights instead of the regular ones – they might cost you a bit more initially, but they are much brighter and will definitely pay off in the long run. In terms of ventilation, having a quality vent fan is a must since it reduces the chances of mold and helps you get rid of any airborne irritants. If possible, try to include a more normal-sized window for natural ventilation and light as well, just make sure it’s well-insulated.
Introduce some nature
If you create a harmony with nature in your bathroom, you can end up with a true piece of heaven that will breathe life into your entire home. For example, if you like creating an atmosphere with candles, choose the 100% beeswax ones – they can serve not only as elegant decorative pieces but as natural air fresheners as well. You can also introduce plants that thrive in moisture, as it will make your bathroom so visually breathtaking, you and your guests will enjoy every minute spent in it.
Designing any part of your home can be as challenging as it is fun, especially when you want to make it green as well. Luckily, there are many simple ways of making your bathroom more eco-friendly. By putting a bit more effort into using the right kind of fixtures, changing your habits to waste less resources, and making sure the room is well-lit and well-ventilated, you will feel much better not just because you will have an efficient and beautiful bathroom, but also because you will be doing your part in preserving our planet.